Book Group leader Alice Moody leads a discussion of the acclaimed 2020 novel, Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar. Space for this virtual book group is limited! Please register by emailing email@example.com. Buy the book here.
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About the book:
"A beautiful novel about an American son and his immigrant father that has echoes of The Great Gatsby and that circles, with pointed intellect, the possibilities and limitations of American life.... Homeland Elegies is a very American novel. It's a lover's quarrel with this country, and . . . it has candor and seriousness to burn."-- Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Dazzling . . . a deeply personal examination of the American dream."-- Entertainment Weekly
A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one -- least of all himself -- in the process.
This "beautiful novel . . .